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Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 26 February 1954 

Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 26 February 1954
Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 26 February 1954

Robert Adès

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date: 25 May 2020

Clifford Scott Archives (1903-1997) - National Archive. Ottawa, Canada.


S. W. 1.

26th February 1954.

Dr. W. Clifford M. Scott,

49 Queen’s Gate Gardens,


My dear Scott,

I think I am rather bad at making use of questions at the end of a paper and I have had explained to me what you said which I could not understand at the time. In fact I believe I did you an injustice implying that you were considering the hurrying up of analyses which you were not intending to imply. What you said simply made me think of the sort of answer I gave about getting into touch with processes.

I think that you were referring to the fact that I had not made clear where I would come to differ from Melanie Klein and it was a terrible lapse that I miscalculated the time and chose to cut out the more definite statement of difference of opinion. I think you were probably giving me the chance if I could take it to state that there is a gradual process in the infant whereby the various capacities come together and make possible the depressive position achievement. By contrast some of the Klein writings seem to give highly organised processes a place in very early infancy where they can be only present at moments or sporadically without a relationship to the total individual.

I am sure I have not got it right but what I am trying to say is that I do realise that I was rather stupid about what you said. I am told by some that they felt that what you said was very clear. It may be that you will have time to do as you sometimes do and dictate a version of it to your secretary for my benefit.

Good wishes,